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US Congress Delegation Visits Sudan’s Darfur

US Congress Delegation Visits Sudan’s Darfur

Sunday, 11 September, 2022 - 07:15
Sudanese gather to welcome the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor Karim Khan (unseen) during his visit to the Kalma camp for internally displaced people in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur, on August 21, 2022. (AFP)

US ambassador to Sudan, John Godfrey arrived in North Darfur on Saturday at the head of a Congress delegation.

This was the first visit by an American ambassador to the Sudanese region since tensions between Khartoum and Washington led to their lowering of diplomatic representation in the 1990s.

The delegation is set to meet with refugees in displacement camps, members of international organizations, civil society leaders and political forces.

Godfrey was received at El Fasher airport by the governor of North Darfur State, Nimr Mohamed Abdul-Rahman, and several members of the local government.

He held a closed-door meeting with the governor – a member of the armed groups that signed the Juba peace agreement - upon his arrival.

Godfrey assumed his duties in Sudan in August.

He pledged that he would visit all parts of the country to become acquainted with its people and culture.

On Saturday, he said his visit to El Fasher aims to witness firsthand the situation in Darfur and the implementation of the Juba peace agreement.

His visit aims to discuss developing bilateral relations between the US and Sudan and the possibility of Washington playing a greater role in bolstering stability and security in the country.

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